IIUM Repository

Incorporation of kenaf core fibers into low density polyethylene/thermoplastic sago starch blends exposed to natural weathering

Sarifuddin, Norshahida and Ismail, Hanafi and Ahmad, Zuraida (2014) Incorporation of kenaf core fibers into low density polyethylene/thermoplastic sago starch blends exposed to natural weathering. Molecular Crystals and Liquid Crystals, 603 (1). pp. 180-193. ISSN 1542-1406 E-ISSN 1563-5287

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (827kB) | Request a copy
[img]
Preview
PDF
Download (69kB) | Preview

Abstract

The landfill disposal of a high volume of plastics that take a long time to decompose has led to a tremendous environmental problem. Incorporation of natural polymers and fibers into synthetic polymers accelerates the degradation rate by exposure to atmospheric agents such as sunlight, temperature and rainfall. In this work, thermoplastic sago starch (TPSS) and kenaf core fibers (KCF) from agricultural feed stocks were blended with low density polyethylene (LDPE) for natural weathering studies. The melt-mixed and compressed composite sheets had fiber loadings ranging from 0 to 40 wt.%, and were exposed to natural weathering conditions for a period of 3 and 6 months. The deterioration in mechanical, thermal, morphological and weight properties were investigated.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7385/46612
Uncontrolled Keywords: Thermoplastic sago starch; kenaf; degradation
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA170 Environmental engineering
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Materials Engineering
Depositing User: Dr. Norshahida Sarifuddin
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 08:49
Last Modified: 23 May 2018 12:04
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/46612

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year